Graduate Student, Physical Therapy Major
Q: What issues are being discussed on campus?
Implementing washers and dryers on all floors in the residence lobby. We don’t know when it’s going to happen, but it’s on the table. There’s the generation gap between students who are three or four years apart … their different attitudes and how it affects the rest of the school.
Q: What effect has the gap had?
There’s just different attitudes and behaviors, reactions to the R.A. staff and people in authority. They have more or less respect and comply with rules more or less depending on their background.
Q: What else is important on campus right now?
We just switched to a trayless dining system in the dining hall, which was new for all of the returning students. So far it’s cut back on both solid and liquid waste by about half. It’s definitely a step forward.
Q: What are the best and worst parts of your school?
The Mount has a very strong academic program, which is why I’m here. I enjoy being challenged in my classes, the small class sizes, and that teachers are really concerned about the progress of their students. The weakest thing, I would say, is social life. Event attendance and willingness to participate are problems. There are things to do, but it’s hard to gauge interest from event to event.
Senior, Computer Science Major
Q: Is diversity respected on your campus?
My experience is that the student and faculty population on campus is very diverse.
The administration and different student organizations work very hard to maintain this, which is hard in some cases considering the Catholic nature of the college.
Q: Does the college’s faith background play a role in diversity?
The campus ministry office understands that not all students at the Mount are Catholic, and they do a good job of making sure that support is available for students of any faith or creed.
Q: Is safe sex discussed on campus?
Not really. It was briefly discussed when I was a resident my freshman year. It was a mandatory event, but that was a long time ago. It’s hard to plan events like that. You have to uphold the Catholic mission of the college, so you hope that people know coming in.
Q: Has date rape been discussed?
I don’t feel like it’s been addressed as it should be, but it’s hard to imagine a student wanting to give up study or relaxation time to listen to a presentation on it.
Q: How prominent are GLBT issues at the Mount?
They’re not made very public. One of the psychology teachers has a class that involves a panel that’s sent from PFLAG. There’ve been a couple of times where Mount students sit on that panel. Folks, the GLBT support group, operates under campus ministry. Last year they looked at having a more widespread dialogue campus-wide.
Sophomore, Nursing Major
Q: Where are the best places to unwind on campus?
The best place to unwind on campus would be the residence hall lobbies. You can find a lot of people playing pool or ping-pong, watching TV and playing video games. The Harrington Center has a workout room, a track and a cardio room for exercise. The food court over there is being renovated, but when that’s done there will be another place for students to go. It’s a small campus, but there are things to do.
Q: What do students know about your campus that outsiders don’t?
There’s a sense of community, especially with this being a small campus. The people who live here live in a community and learn to respect that community and the people in it. Some people assume that nothing goes on because it’s a small campus, so it’s hard in some respects, but the school is big enough where there’s always something to do and someone to meet.
Q: What’s the cyber culture like on your campus?
We have wireless Internet all throughout the campus, and everybody has a laptop. Wherever you go on campus, people are surfing the Web and doing homework. Some teachers post quizzes and papers on the Internet. Everybody is on Facebook or A.I.M., so there’s always an easy way to get in contact with friends or teachers.
Q: Does it enhance the learning environment?
It does and it doesn’t. With a lot of people online, obviously some are going to be in class surfing the Internet. Some people take notes on their laptops though, and some teachers don’t allow computers in class. It’s mostly effective — it just depends on the student.